Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 52 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Location: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Thursday, June 15, 2006

The Old Rectory

As the work crew was digging the 6 foot hole for the footer for the new sign, we ran into something unexpected. We ran into the foundation of the old Rectory at St. John's! The Rectory stood next to the Church from the 1860's until 1936, when it was torn down for the widening of Woodward Avenue. Actually, before 1905 the Rector lived elsewhere, and the building was used for Diocesan and YWCA offices. We hit the back end of the old building with cement at least 18 inches thick...and lots of bricks!

So, a decision was made to move the hole two feet south to avoid the foundation, which is now dug and the cement footer poured. God willing, the new sign will be up and functioning be the end of next week.